Saudi Telecom Company (stc) – Saudi Arabia’s largest mobile network operator, with more than 17 million subscribers – will create the 5G network infrastructure for the country’s most ambitious project to date: Neom (opens in new tab), a smart city which is expected to be completed by 2030, housing a million people, and costing $500 billion.
NEOM Co., the joint-stock company set up to build the new city, announced that its partnership with stc would help create the first “cognitive city”, which will rely on 5G technology.
“We are glad to form this partnership with a leading national digital enabler such as stc to support our ambition and goal to be an accelerator of human progress and to create the world’s leading digitally sustainable, cognitive cities,” said NEOM Co. CEO Nadhmi Al Nasr. “Neom’s infrastructure will utilize AI, robotics, and human-machine fusion to deliver greater predictive intelligence and enable faster decision making across all Neom sectors. The procurement and deployment of a future-proof wireless network is a critical first for Neom in realising our goal of driving innovation in the future digital economy.”
The 5G infrastructure in Neom will support cutting-edge urban environments,and “ improve the lives of residents and businesses far beyond the capabilities of today’s smart cities”, the company says. And this will make the city one of the most advanced 5G technology networks in the world.
“This agreement reflects stc’s commitment to enabling digital transformation and providing digital solutions across the Kingdom,” said Nasser bin Sulaiman Al Nasser, the CEO of stc Group. “We are proud to have been chosen to build the infrastructure for the 5G network and an innovation centre in Neom - the land of the future and a model for sustainability, innovation, development, and prosperity. This agreement comes in line with stc’s vision as a digital enabler to develop infrastructure and provide the latest technologies that will enrich the experience of societies and foster innovation, which in turn will contribute to improve the customer experience and moving the digital transformation forward."
Neom’s 5G infrastructure will also enable numerous 5G use cases such as Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics, virtual reality, augmented reality, smart homes, and autonomous vehicles. It will also provide the public safety network for Neom security services.